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Cubs’ Victory Could Be the Most-Watched ‘World Series’ Game 7 in 25 Years

'The 50th Annual CMA Awards' on ABC Holds Up Despite the Baseball Onslaught

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What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, November 2:

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 23.2/36, ABC: 7.7/12, CBS: 3.4/ 5, NBC: 2.3/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +300, ABC: – 6, CBS: -31, CW: -33, NBC: -48


“The World Series” (Fox), “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):

“Frequency” (CW)

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a massive victory for network television last night, with what could be the most-watched game seven of “The World Series” in 25 years and a solid performance from the “50 Annual CMA Awards” on ABC.

The Cubs’ 8-7 10-inning victory over the Indians resulted in an estimated 25.2 household rating in the overnights from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. ET. Compared to game six one night earlier (14.8 rating), this was a jump of 70 percent. Since that resulted in 23.4 million viewers, based on the Live + Same Day data, the projected audience could be 40-million viewers who tuned in to see the Cubs win their first “World Series” in 108 years. Historically, this could very well be the most-watched Game 7 of any “World Series” since the 50.3 million for Minnesota vs. Atlanta in 1991. If the final tally falls short of 39.1 million viewers, it will be the most-watched since the New York Yankees faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.

Last year, the Royals game five victory over the Mets netted just 17.21 million viewers on Fox.

Despite the heavy competition, the “50th Annual CMA Awards” on ABC was on the map with a very solid 7.7/12 in the household overnights, which was just six percent short of the 8.2/13 on the year ago evening. That translated into 13.62 million viewers, based on the Live + Same Day data.

Elsewhere, “Survivor” on CBS opened with a 4.3/ 6 at 8 p.m., which was about 15 percent below normal household overnight levels this season. It led into a repeat of “Criminal Minds” at a 2.8/ 4 (#4) at 9 p.m., which was a last minute decision by the network, followed by sophomore “Code Black” at a 3.2/ 5 (#3) at 10 p.m.

NBC also ducked the baseball onslaught, choosing last minute repeats of “Law & Order: SVU” (two episodes, avg. 2.3/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (#4: 2.3/ 4). And The CW populated the evening with dramas “Arrow” (#5: 1.3/ 2) and recent entry “Frequency” (#5: 0.7/ 1), which were on par from typical overnight levels.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Nov. 2 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”: 7.9/12 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.2/ 3 (#4)
Fox – Major League Baseball World Series, Game 7 (Cubs 8, Indians 7): 16.8/28 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#2)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”: 7.8/11 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.2/ 6 (#4)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.1/ 3 (#4)
Fox – Major League Baseball World Series, Game 7 (Cubs 8, Indians 7): 20.9/32 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#2)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”: 8.1/12 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 2.9/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.4/ 4 (#4)
Fox – Major League Baseball World Series, Game 7 (Cubs 8, Indians 7): 23.8/36
CW – “Frequency”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”: 8.0/11 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.4/ 3 (#4)
Fox – Major League Baseball World Series, Game 7 (Cubs 8, Indians 7): 25.2/37 (#1)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”: 7.6/11 (#2)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#4)
Fox – Major League Baseball World Series, Game 7 (Cubs 8, Indians 7): 26.2/39 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”: 7.0/11 (#2)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 2.2/ 3 (#4)
Fox – Major League Baseball World Series, Game 7 (Cubs 8, Indians 7): 26.7/41 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs and their fanbase you guys got a really good young team that could be a dynasty and that will be really good for baseball if the Cubs can actually turn into a dynasty.

    I just saw the viewership number it finished ahead of Yanks/D’Backs in 2001 as it got 39.2 million that is so sick I haven’t seen any sports program get 40 million outside of the Olympics or Super Bowl so this just tells you how big of a performance this was as you’re talking about beating MJ’s final game in 1998 on NBC and the 2006 Rose Bowl between USC/Texas on ABC. This officially makes it the most watched baseball game ever on FOX as well I’m assuming. FOX had the rights to the league since the mid-90s I think it was 1996. Good way for FOX to celebrate 20 years there. I can’t wait to see the peak rating for the game as this could be more than 50 million viewers. LeBron got 45 million earlier in the year for his championship peak.

    Speaking of anniversaries the CMAs had their 50th show and it did way better than I expected just like the World Series did. Barely dropped from last year so probably those people tuned over after the show was over in the 11pm hour. I’m going to watch it on DVR tonight and tomorrow.

    The biggest winner last night to me was NBC pulling their lineup and not wasting new episodes on a special historic television night like this where the World Series and CMAs combined for over 50 million viewers. CBS should’ve pulled Survivor and Code Black, I thought Survivor would do way better than that.

    • MLB would’ve benefitted more if the Cubs WS title drought extended to one more year.

      And while I too project several more good seasons for the Cubs, too early to label them a dynasty just yet. The Mets of the mid-80’s were loaded with talent but only came away with one WS title which was won with a miraculous Game 6.

      Cubs could be like the Warriors of the NBA — lovable at the first championship, much more polarizing thereafter.

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